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  • Grid & Cloud Computing

    Oracle buys TOA Technologies in strike against Salesforce.com

    Oracle is fleshing out its family of cloud applications and taking a competitive step against the likes of Salesforce.com with the acquisition of TOA Technologies, maker of software for companies centered around field services. Terms were not disclosed.

  • Security

    Tor hints at possible U.S. government involvement in recent attack

    Hackers attacked the infrastructure of Tor, the anonymizing service, earlier this month in an incident that may have compromised a number of hidden services, according to an announcement posted today by the Tor Project's director, Roger Dingledine.

  • Networking

    25G driving Ethernet switch market to $25B

    The impending arrival of 25G will help drive the Layer 2-3 Ethernet switch market to approach $25 billion in 2018, according to Dell'Oro Group.

  • Privacy

    Great privacy essay: Fourth Amendment Doctrine in the Era of Total Surveillance

    When you signed up with your ISP, or with a wireless carrier for mobile devices, if you gave it any thought at all when you signed your name on the contract, you likely didn't expect your activities to be a secret, or to be anonymous, but how about at least some degree of private? Is that reasonable? No, as the law currently suggests that as a subscriber, you "volunteer" your personal information to be shared with third-parties. Perhaps not the content of your communications, but the transactional information that tells things like times, places, phone numbers, or addresses; transactional data that paints a very clear picture of your life and for which no warrant is required.

  • Security

    IBM buys access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas

    IBM has added to its security software portfolio with the purchase of Italian access control and identity management firm CrossIdeas for an undisclosed sum, the companies said Thursday.

  • Hardware

    Congress okays upgrade of VA's 29-year-old software

    An agreement in Congress to allocate $17 billion to the Department of Veterans Affairs includes money for a major tech upgrade.

  • Malware

    Hacker group targets video game companies to steal source code

    A group of attackers with links to the Chinese hacking underground has been targeting companies from the entertainment and video game industries for years with the goal of stealing source code.

  • Hardware

    AMD's Kaveri processors coming to smaller, cheaper desktops

    Advanced Micro Devices wants to help gamers build cheaper, smaller desktops through new processors the company started shipping on Thursday

  • Search

    EC stepping up antitrust inquiry into Google, Android

    The European Commission is stepping up its inquiry into Google's alleged anti-competitive behavior in the market for mobile software, making a formal investigation into the company's Android business more likely, according to a report.

  • Security

    Xbox One's high price in China draws complaints, but likely buyers too

    Microsoft's Xbox One is poised to be the first foreign game console to debut in China, but as the local pricing was announced on Wednesday -- $200 more than in the U.S. -- would-be customers made their displeasure known online.

  • Mobile

    Vision-correcting display nixes your need for eyeglasses

    Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are working on computer screens that would adjust their images to accommodate individual user's visual needs. Think of it as a display that wears the glasses so users don't have to.

  • Security

    In a hyper-social world, some seek a little privacy

    After years of cajoling their users into sharing every thought, emotion and selfie, online firms are seeing that providing more private online spaces might also be profitable.

  • Social Networking

    Facebook app gives free Internet to mobile users in Zambia

    Facebook introduced an app on Thursday that will give mobile phone subscribers in Zambia access to a set of free basic mobile data services -- and Facebook.

  • Hardware

    Sony profit leaps on PlayStation 4 strength

    The hit PlayStation 4 game console and PS4 network revenue helped power Sony to a net profit of ¥26.8 billion (US$261 million) in the April to June quarter, a jump up from ¥3.1 billion a year earlier.

  • Business Products

    China's Xiaomi rises to fifth place in smartphone rankings

    Xiaomi became the world's fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the second quarter, catapulted into the top five for the first time by its hit products in its home market of China, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

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